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Bible Study Guide Handout: ACTS 2

SCRIPTURE READING: ACTS 2:1 1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they
were all with one accord in one place.
What is the "Day of Pentecost"? __________________________________________
Also called the "Feast of Harvest" or the "Day of First Fruits", it was a feast during which
the people brought as an offering the first fruits of their grain harvest to thank God, as
well as to express their trust that He will bless the rest of the harvest. Along with
Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, the Day of Pentecost was second of three
major feasts that God commanded to be kept in the Old Testament.
Why was it called, "Day of Pentecost"? _____________________________________
Pentecost was called this because it was celebrated 50 days after the Passover. The
Greek word pentekostos means 50th.
SCRIPTURE READING: ACTS 2:2-13 V2 And suddenly there came a sound from
heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were
sitting. V3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon
each of them. V4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. V5 And there were dwelling in
Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. V6 And when this sound
occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard
them speak in his own language. V7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying
to one another, Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? V8 And how is it that we
hear, each in our own language in which we were born? V9 Parthians and Medes and
Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
V10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors
from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, V11 Cretans and Arabs - we hear them speaking
in our own tongues the wonderful works of God. V12 So they were all amazed and
perplexed, saying to one another, Whatever could this mean? V13 Others mocking
said, They are full of new wine. (Apparently those in V13 were Judeans who did not
understand the foreign language. NKJV Study Bible)
What did they hear in Acts 2:2? ____________________________________________
Where did the sound come from? Acts 2:2 ___________________________________
How many different languages do you believe were there according to the Bible? ____

What did the people think had happened to the disciples? ______________________
Can you imagine hearing a sound like a mighty rushing wind to attract attention from a
crowd? The appeared to be spoken tongues such as fire. The word tongue is translated
to mean languages. The people heard the word spoken in their own language. This
Fire represented the manifestation of God as times throughout the Bible. What are
some of these times that you can remember where God used fire? (Discussion only)
This event was a Pilgrimage event where people traveled from all over the known world.
The people were probably surprised since those speaking in tongues were not from
their land. This was a supernatural sign from heaven. The Spirit gave them the ability to
speak in other languages that they had not known. It appears they were not
proclaiming the Gospel, but praising an Almighty God.
What drew the "multitude"?
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What do you think the disciples were speaking about? ________________________
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What did the Holy Spirit give the disciples the ability to do? _____________________
SCRIPTURE READING: ACTS 2:14-15 V14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven,
raised his voice and said to them, Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this
be known to you, and heed my words. V15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose,
since it is only the third hour of the day.
What is "third hour of the day"? ___________________________________________
Three hours from the start of the day, which was deemed to be 6am. Peter was saying
that it's only 9am, which is too early to start to drink, let alone be drunk.
SCRIPTURE READING: ACTS 2:16-21 V16 But this is what was spoken by the
prophet Joel: V17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour
out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young
men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. V18 And on My menservants
and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.
V19 I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire
and vapor of smoke.V20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into
blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. V21 And it shall
come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.
Who is preaching here? ___________________
What is meant by the wonders mentioned? __________________

Peter begins his sermon with by quoting Joel in this passage. God had promised there
would be a time when all men and women who follow Him would receive His Spirit, not
just prophets, and kings. Gods final act of salvation began with the outpouring of His
Spirit. These wonders are things to happen "before the coming of the great and
awesome day of the Lord" - the Second coming of Jesus.
SCRIPTURE READING: ACTS 2:22-28 V22 Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of
Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did
through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know- V23 Him, being delivered by
the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands,
have crucified, and put to death; V24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of
death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. V25 For David says
concerning Him: I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is at my right hand,
that I may not be shaken. V26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;
moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. V27 For You will not leave my soul in Hades,
nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. V28 You have made known to me
the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.
What did Peter accuse the people of here in Acts 2:22-24? ___________________________
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SCRIPTURE READING: ACTS 2:29-41 29 Men and brethren, let me speak freely to
you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to
this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath
to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to
sit on his throne, 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ,
that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God
has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right
hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He
poured out this which you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend into the
heavens, but he says himself: The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, 35 Till I
make Your enemies Your footstool. 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know
assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of
the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said to them,
Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is
to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will
call. 40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, Be saved
from this perverse generation. 41 Then those who gladly received his word were
baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
When the Judeans heard Peters message it convicted them? How did they respond?
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What does repentance involve? ____________________________________________


What is the first action here that Jesus requires of new believer? _________________
How many received salvation that day? ____________________
Why do we need the Holy Spirit? Because we're human, and we could not stopping
sinning completely despite our best efforts. The Holy Spirit is the One who guides,
teaches and admonishes us so that we sinned or grieved the Holy Spirit. We become
more and more the person that Jesus wants us to be. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit gives
us spiritual gifts: "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are
differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it
is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each
one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to
another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same
Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles,
to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of
tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all
these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills." (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
Every Christian receives at least ______________________ spiritual gift.
What are we supposed to do with them? _____________________________________
SCRIPTURE READING: ACTS 2:42-47 42 And they continued steadfastly in the
apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear
came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their
possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So
continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to
house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and
having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were
being saved.
How did the first Christians deal with their possessions?
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How does this still apply today? ____________________________________________
Resources: NKJV Study Bible and Bible Verse Study.com. created by Jeanne McIntosh,
2016